Articles by Jillian Kravatz

Book Preview: ‘Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia’ by Christina Thompson

Coming March 12 (HarperCollins) If our Bostonian winter has you dreaming of faraway lands, you’re in luck: Local author Christina Thompson’s new book can whisk you away to the most remote islands of the Pacific Ocean. In a thorough and page-turning investigation, Harvard Review editor Thompson revisits the 18th century’s fascination and curiosity about Polynesia […]


The Community That Goes With the Flow

Local Flow Artists Spin Fire, Juggling Pins, and More Hanging out with flow artists for an evening, you’ll find yourself asking a lot of questions. What, exactly, is poi? (Short ropes with balls on the end.) Is spinning fire scary? (Yes.) Is it dangerous? (Not as dangerous as you might think.) How many hours do […]


Hidden Harvests with the League of Urban Canners

Some things are hard to miss: the leaves changing to vibrant shades of red, yellow, and orange, the impossibly long line at that one ramen restaurant in Porter Square, the traffic on Mass. Ave. at 4:15 p.m. Other things—like the hundreds of fruit trees tucked away throughout Somerville and Cambridge—are not so easy to notice. […]